The Springfield Armory Variety Officer (RO) Compact 1911 followed their full-sized Range Officer model, to answer the demand for a more compact version, Here’s a quick rundown:
- Barrel: 4″ stainless steel match grade, totally supported ramp, Bull
- Caliber: 9mm or 45 ACP (I tested the 45)
- Recoil Method: Dual Spring with Complete Length Guide Rod
- Frame: Forged Aluminum Alloy, Black Hardcoat Anodized
- Magazines: Accepts short 6-round “officer’s model” magazines rather than full-sized 1911 mags (Two incorporated)
- Grips: Compact RO Double Diamond Thin Line Rosewood
- Sights: Red fiber optic front, Low-profile combat two-dot rear
- Slide: Forged carbon steel, Parkerized
- Safety: Extended, only on left side
- Beavertail extended grip security
- Hammer: Delta style “speed hammer”
- Trigger: Aluminum match grade, 5-pound pull
- Lowered & flared ejection port
- Weight (with empty magazine): 28.five ounces
- Height: 5″
- Length: 7.6″
- Paddle holster included
I was pleased to discover that Springfield Armory now puts ramped barrels on all their 1911s with a barrel length of significantly less than five inches. This could appear to be a needless upgrade, but it is not. When dealing with aluminum frames on 1911s, many instances the frame’s feed ramp will get buggered-up — point getting that the ramped barrels on SA 1911s contribute to much more trustworthy feeding — my RO Compact sample had zero malfunctions in the course of my testing.
The RO Compact also comes with a double magazine pouch, which tends to make me want Springfield had included three mags (a single for the gun and two for the mag pouch). You also get some spare fiber optic rod material, must you break the 1 in the front sigh or wish to change it to a distinct colour.
My sample was really tightly place with each other, which was nice. It was also soaked in oil, so a excellent cleaning was required before use.
From my ammo locker, I pulled a great assortment of 45 ACP ammo for testing:
- Black Hills 185-grain JHP
- Black Hills steel case 185-grain JHP
- Black Hills 230-grain JHP
- Black Hills steel case 230-grain JHP
- Black Hills 230-grain FMJ
- Buffalo Bore 160-grain TAC-XP HP
- Buffalo Bore 160-grain TAC-XP HP +P
- Buffalo Bore 185-grain TAC-XP +P
- Buffalo Bore 200-grain JHP +P
- Buffalo Bore 230-grain FMJ +P
I ran half a dozen mags through the RO Compact, mixing the above ammo. This is always a fantastic test of reliability… mixing diverse bullet weights, FMJ, JHP, etc… and it never ever as soon as hinted of a malfunction, even even though I fired the pistol as quickly as I could pull the trigger.
I couldn’t inform you the number of instances I’ve mixed distinct kinds of bullet shapes and makes of ammo in the identical magazine, only to have it stutter or jam the gun. Not so with the RO Compact. I fired close to 400 rounds via the RO Compact and the gun wasn’t cleaned over the course of numerous shooting sessions, with no issues at all.
I fired the gun at 25 yards, resting it on a sleeping bag, over the hood of my SUV. No groups were bigger than four inches, and this little pistol had a couple of really wonderful groups. With the Black Hills 230-graiain JHP load I had a couple groups slightly beneath 3 inches. With the Buffalo Bore 185-grain TAC-XP +P regularly gave me groups smaller than 3 inches.
The recoil spring setup on the RO Compact is stout, and I was certain I was going to have to failures with the Buffalo Bore 160-grain low recoil loads, but I was wrong — and this load is a pussycat to shoot in the RO Compact.
Complete retail on the RO Compact is $ 989, and Gallery of Guns has iit for $ 899. Is this small gun worth that cash? You’d far better believe it is! I’ve owned numerous other 1911s that expense a lot a lot more, and they didn’t shoot practically as great as the RO Compact did, nor have been they as nicely put-collectively.
About the only “change” I would make would be to feed the tiny gun with 7-round mags alternatively of the 6-rounders that come with the gun. And let’s not overlook about Springfield’s limited lifetime warranty, which is one particular of the very best in the business. If something goes wrong or breaks on one particular of their guns, they fix it — easy as that.
It is challenging for me to uncover a 1911 that I’m not willing to customize to my own liking, but the RO Compact is excellent to go appropriate out of the box, if you ask me. So if you are in the industry for a new compact 1911 pistol, take a close appear at the Springfield Armory Range Officer Compact.